What can Veterinary Compounding do for you? 

Veterinary compounding presents both unique challenges and unusual opportunities for the specialized compounding pharmacist. The pharmacist working closely with the Veterinarian can solve many of the common problems they encounter. Compounding provides the patient with individualized therapy, which includes:

  • Standard Methods of Delivery
  • Dosage Forms tailored to the animal
  • Strength matched to the animal’s size
  • Flavorings to improve compliance, and
  • Formulas adjusted to fit special needs
We all know by experience that pets are notoriously difficult to medicate. Compounding with its variety of dosages and forms of delivery is especially effective in the treatment of animals. For example, by compounding a transdermal gel that can be applied to the delicate tissue in a cat’s ear where it can be easily absorbed, eliminates the painful struggle with a pill.

How are Medications Compounded?

Starting with the pure bulk chemicals, a specially trained compounding pharmacist can prepare almost any medication into any dosage form desired: suspensions, creams, gels, ointments, capsules, troches, solid dosage forms, powdered formulations and other special preparations, to meet the unique needs of each animal-pets, exotics, or zoo animals. Here are just a few examples:
  • Medications that are not commercially available
  • Discontinued or out-of-stock medications
  • Combination products
  • Easy to give flavored dosage forms
  • Dosage forms in correct size and strength, or
  • Create your own formulations

Examples of custom-made veterinary medications and dosage forms:

  • Sugar-free medications for diabetic pets
  • Transdermal anti-motion sickness medicine that can be applied to the ear
  • Hard-to-find medicines for urinary incontinence
  • Protective medicated coatings for wounds or stitches (coatings which are difficult to lick off)
  • Concentrated solutions for birds and reptiles
  • Special dosage forms for horses and larger animals
  • Good-tasting tuna, liver, marshmallow and many other flavored suspensions
  • Chocolate/peanut butter suspension for hyper insulin in ferrets
  • Stool softener in beef flavored gelatin balls
  • Good tasting marshmallow, liver, beef, chicken or fish flavored suspensions
  • Custom strength medications for seizures, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, parasitic infections, appetite stimulation, etc.
  • Antidotes/treatments for accidental animal poisoning
  • Vitamins and tonics
  • Transdermal NSAIDS to avoid GI tract irritation
  • Discontinued, combination, custom formulated products
  • Transdermal, anti-inflammation gel for torn ligaments
  • “Hairball” remedy for cats
  • Custom shampoo to treat “rain-rot,” a fungal infection in horses
Flavored Medicine

The compounding pharmacist, working closely with the veterinarian, can prepare medicine into easy-to-give flavored dosage forms that animals will devour, whether the pet is a cat, dog, ferret, bird, or snake. Various flavors are available to each animal, i.e. cats like tuna and dogs like beef. Other examples include: grape, apple, chicken, tuna, beef, strawberry, and watermelon.

It is very rewarding when helping a pet get well becomes a pleasant time for the owner and pet, rather than a stressful experience.

Solving Dosage Problems

Animals are individuals and unique. They come in different shapes and sizes, and as a result, not all commercially available medicines are appropriate for your pet. Veterinarians do not always have access to dosage forms and strengths that are needed to treat a particular pet. Working with the compounding pharmacist the veterinarian can prescribe a formulation that is exactly right for your pet’s size and condition. For example– Dosages can be very tricky with dogs– an antibiotic that works for an 80-pound Golden Retriever is far too much for a six-pound Yorkie to handle.

Commercially Unavailable Medicine

From time to time, a manufacturer will discontinue a medication used in veterinary applications. When that medication has worked well for the animal, a compounding pharmacist can obtain the pure bulk pharmaceutical and prepare a prescription for the discontinued product– at a dosage strength and dose form appropriate for that pet’s specific needs.

If you have a pet that is sick or has a chronic illness and you have difficulty with administering medication, have your veterinarian give us a call. A caring veterinarian working closely with a compounding pharmacist can result in the improved health and happiness of your pet.

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